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Dodge Library hopes to keep growing into

WEST CHAZY - For a library that has been around for more than 100 years, director Linda Dupee is surprised of how many people in the community don't know it exists.

Dupee, who took over as director in August, is hoping to "breed new blood" into the library, spending hours trying to come up with ideas to bring in community members.

"Hopefully, we'll do little things and it'll keep growing," she said. "I don't know what the community wants and what they expect."

"Our community is more impoverished than the city of Plattsburgh is," Dupee added. "It's a little more spread out. We don't get a lot of people that come in here, but my thought is libraries will never go away."

Despite having a small budget to work with, Dupee said she is doing whatever she can to help the community.

"We have these two computers here," she explained, "which we have access to several databases that could help the community. We just bought a brand-new laptop, so that will afford some people some privacy."

During her five months at the library, Dupee has found only a handful of regulars frequent the library.

"I can tell you who those people are," said Dupee. "If somebody else comes in .. I don't know what to do. It's out of my zone. And, I don't want that to happen."

Dupee is looking to the community for input of what they want to see in their library.

"I'd love a book club here. I'd love a game night here," she said. "I'd love to have movie night. I'd love to have story hour."

However, Dupee knows she needs the people to step forward and be apart of the library, in order for the events to continue.

With the way the economy is today, Dupee hopes people will turn to the library for their reading materials - because she considers reading to be "the greatest sign of wealth."

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